Group: Damodar Sharma and Group
Mohanshyam Pachori, 49, is an artist in the folk music spectrum of Braj in Uttar Pradesh and belongs to the Hindu community. He hails from Vrindaban of Mathura district and lives with his wife and two sons. He is a graduate and devoted artist who has been into music for his livelihood. Mohanshyam holds equal command over folk and classical music. He has done his Bisharad from Ghandharv Mandal, Pune, and from Bhatkhande in Flute. He completed his Prabhakar in flute from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad. Even after an elaborate experience in the field of music for about 35 years, he humbly considers himself to be a Folk Artist who enjoys accompanying and playing the old traditional Dhuns. His only belief or philosophy is that he has to play the instrument only to give notes (Swars), and for him, Swar is peace. He draws all his inspiration from the legendaries like Shree Panna Lal Ghosh & Shree Hariprasad Chourasia. It is quite fascinating that Shree Panna Lal Ghosh is the reason why Mohanshyam pursued music professionally. He once heard Shree Panna Lal play his Flute, and it was a life-changing experience that motivated him to be an instrumentalist. However, he then started his musical journey under the guidance of Prahlad Das Agarwal as his Guru, followed by Shantaram (AIR). Mohanshyam has covered the whole nation with his captivating music and has played in every state besides the northeast and Jammu. Internationally, he has performed in London, Singapore, Malaysia, and Bangkok. The performance that he cherishes the most was for the Udhav Shatak Celebration at Mavalankar Auditorium, Delhi, where Giani Zail Singh, the then president of India, was present. Apart from being a stage performer, he has also rendered his musical service for many studio recordings. As an artist, he mainly receives the AIR grade payment, and for the other performances, it varies from season to season. He aspires to teach in the Traditional Guru-Shishya Parampara in a time where music has become so commercialized.
- Uttar Pradesh